DIY is the perfect way to personalize classic pieces. Take the paisley bandnna, for example—this funky accessory seems to make a comeback year after year. It also happens to be an essential item for surviving festival season. So, why not have fun with it?
- White paisley bandana
- Flat-back rhinestones
- Rhinestone chain
- Fabric glue
- Plastic cup and water
- Paint brush
- Acrylic paint
You can find paisley bandanas in the fabric section of your local craft store. Craving more color? Any light-colored bandana will do. Alternatives include pastel shades, beige, and light gray.
This project uses water and acrylic paint for dye. This technique offers more control over the final shade. However, feel free to use fabric paint or fabric dye. All of these options work great.
1. Prep the dye by diluting acrylic paint in water. Start with a few drops of paint, adding water a 10:1 ratio. Mix well. If it's too dark, add more water until it has a blendable, watery consistency. Don't be afraid to experiment with this part
2. Fold the bandaana in half, corner to corner.
3. Take the straight edge of the bandana and fold it over a few times. Flip it over. This is the side you'll be working on.
4. With the paint brush, randomly apply the watered down paint to the bandana. You can cover the entire section or leave some areas white. Otherwise, there's no right or wrong way to do this. To protect your work surface, do this step on top of a plastic bag or sheet of bubble wrap.
5. Once the bandana has dried, glue three rows of flat back rhinestones along the bottom corner. Keep in mind that a little fabric glue goes a long way. A small dot will do! If you want more bling, feel free to add additional rows.
6. Cut four strands of rhinestone chain.
7. Glue a strand in between the rows of flat back rhinestones. Again, you can always add more to your liking. Leave the fabric glue to dry completely.
And you're finished! Not only is this DIY super-simple, but this accessory can be worn as a headband, a scarf, or any other way you can dream up.